ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 805 Millennium Fellows.
During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT PRANJAL JAIN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
Cornell University | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 7
" Growing up, I rarely ever saw women who looked like me and came from a background like mine doing the kind of work I wanted to be doing. That lack of representation pushes me everyday to be my most authentic self and unapologetically work to make the world a better place for all of us. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Global Girlhood
Global Girlhood (officially launched today) is revolutionizing the way womxn interact with each other across the globe.
Often times, we tend to judge other womxn’s empowerment based on our own cultural, social, and geographical biases, and unknowingly social media has largely contributed to enforcing those biases. When scrolling through our feeds, we see limited content featuring different kinds of women and their inspiring stories. Global Girlhood aims to highlight common womxn and their incredible feats on and offline. We aim to inspire storytelling, foster intercultural dialogue, and build connections.
Here’s how we do it:
1. We ask our Journalists, women of any age, race, or identity, to interview women and femmes from either her local community or international community, and ask her to share her story of empowerment in whatever medium she is most comfortable with
2. We take that story, and share it with our Connectivity Contributors. Connectivity Contributors are other women from other communities who react to the stories of empowerment in whatever medium she is most comfortable with. These reactions are across communities and shed culturally, geographically, or socially placed barriers.
3. We publish the pair of stories on all of our platforms (social media and website) in hopes that people will recognize the vast nature of empowerment and be inspired by the powerful common women we feature.
When Global Girlhood Journalists interview other women for their stories of empowerment, we inspire storytelling and reignite the beauty of narrative building.
Our Connectivity Contributors foster intercultural dialogue by interacting with women’s narratives from across the globe and bridging the gap between each other.
We use social media to share our content, so that our community members feel like they too are building connections with the women we feature in an accessible way. In addition, we try to facilitate everlasting connections between Journalists, Connectivity Contributors, and Interviewees by hosting them on exclusive social media groups.
About the Millennium Fellow
Pranjal Jain is a 17-year-old social justice organizer, activist, and writer. At fifteen years old, she learned that she had spent the first seven years of her life undocumented and that shocking discovery pushed her to understand how her experiences and identities fit into the world around her. As a former undocumented immigrant, woman, and Indian-American, Pranjal’s personal experiences translated into her advocacy for immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, and self-empowerment. She first started organizing around bullying-prevention when she was 12 years old, holding workshops and serving as a peer educator. Since then, she has organized numerous social justice rallies and events, created curriculum centered around women’s issues, joined Brown Girl Magazine’s team as the youngest writer for their politics/social justice section, and serves as Associate Director of GenZ Girl Gang. She will be a freshman at Cornell University and continues to use her voice to create change.